I’ve always been a diehard Microsoft fan; ever since the day I got my Xbox. I’d never even considered the thought of getting a PlayStation 3 up until Journey came out and our own Chris Lock loved it, but even then, I was still a huge Microsoft fan boy. I’ve never had a doubt in my mind that the PlayStation 4 would suck and I’d never buy one. Nope. Not me. Not in a million years.
That’s why it’s so hard for me to come out and say this.
I really want a PlayStation 4. Now just hold on, let me explain.
Wednesday night I had no hype for the PlayStation 4 event. I’d had a long day, I took a forty minute nap then woke up at exactly six just in time to see the beginning of the event. I was grumpy and very cranky. The live stream wasn’t even working correctly. I didn’t even know the PlayStation 4 was official until I checked Twitter. Finally I found a good stream and began my coverage.
The specs are nice. At about 16-times more powerful than the Xbox, I’d started to sway, but that wasn’t any big deal. Sure, the graphics will look nice and the games will be powerful, but is that really that big of a deal? When they mentioned how the controller had a touchscreen I thought it was a nice feature.
The first feature that really grabbed my attention was all the social features. Every single game can be recorded and posted online? That’s amazing. That completely takes my needs for a capture card out of the reviews. I’m also a very social person, so allowing me to always be connected at all my social networks is another plus for me. Throw out that horrible design in the PS3’s dashboard and it can only sweeten the deal. The automatic downloading of updates and allowing you to play things is also a nice touch.
Then Sony really hit me where it mattered.
Live Help with friends. This is amazing. Being in a long distance relationship like I am, gaming together is a very important thing for my girlfriend and I. Games are hard sometimes, and being able to jump in and use her controller for her from anywhere in the world is an amazing idea. “Alright, this might be worth getting… maybe.” I muttered to myself. I wasn’t ready to announce I would ever play a Sony console.
Moving on, moving on, oh self-publishing? Cool, I guess… Infamous: Second Son? Ok… Killzone and Driveclub look nice… but, not my thing… Being able to put the console to sleep is pretty nice as well.
Wait, Jon Blow? No, Sony, stop. When Sony brought out Braid creator Jonathon Blow I had a lot of hope. His new game “The Witness” looks amazing. Open world puzzle adventuring? That sounds perfect for me. The art style looks very similar to The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, my all time favorite Zelda, just for that reason. That’s nice, it looks pretty and fun, but he only said “The Launch Window” that doesn’t mean it’ll never come to Xbox, no need to worry.
The Old Mans Head tech demo was nice too. Nothing major, very pretty looking, but when do we ever have games that need real eye emotion? L.A. Noire had it and it was hard to get any of the emotions correctly. Maybe I’m just a bad detective.
Still, I relented waving the PlayStation flag. My fanboy tendencies is the last defense I have against admitting Chris was right… I can’t do that. Capcom and Square Enix had some nice games, but Final Fantasy was never my thing, and Deep Down just looks like “Dragons Dogma Two,” which wasn’t really my cup of tea from what I’ve seen from it. Just a Skyrim clone that wasn’t as good.
Then they showed Watch_Dogs. This game has been one of my most anticipated of the year, even if they did release my email along with five hundred others when “DeMarco Died” early in 2012. This game looks sick. Completely multiplayer throughout the game, open world vigilantism, this guy is like a more public Batman who wears a nice overcoat. This game looks completely sick. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 first? Oh man. This is where I lowered the Xbox flag. “Maybe… Maybe I will buy a PlayStation 4…”
Next Activision took the stage. Diablo 3 on PlayStation 4 sounds cool, but nothing too major. Something I’d play with my girlfriend, but not a console seller for me. Then he teased something. I don’t quite remember what he said, but he hinted at a great developer.
“It’s Bungie,” I screamed in my girlfriend’s ear as we watched. They came on stage and announced that, not only will Destiny be on the PlayStation 4 first; it’ll have exclusive content. I had what could be referred to as a “Fanboy Seizure” where I jumped around and shook my hands in excitement.
I immediately went and signed up for GameStop’s preorder waiting list at that point. This is something I want to, no, need to own.
I’m sorry Microsoft. I can’t stay exclusive to you anymore. I’m not saying I won’t buy your next Xbox, but, well, they’ve got Bungie, and that means they’ve got me.
PlayStation, I love you.